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An Examination of Moorish Science

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by Brother R. Edwards El

Q: What is Moorish Science?
A: Moorish Science is a Body of Knowledge, based upon identification, distinguishes and separates the descendants (proceeding from an Ancestor or source) of slaves, from the institution of slavery.

"BODY OF KNOWLEDGE": In the context, refers to training or instruction, which is expected to produce a specific character or pattern of behavior (an instruction that produces moral or mental im-provement.)

The statement "...Based on identification" refers to the character or essential subject of instruction. In this case, the subject matters are: Nationality (a people having a common origin, tradition, and language and capable of forming or actually constituting a nation-state.) and Divine Creed (divine: of or relation to or proceeding directly from Allah; Creed: a set of fundamental beliefs; a guiding principle.), as it relates to the National and Spiritual identity of the Moorish American Moslem (Muslim).

Q: What is your Nationality?
A: Moorish American

Q: Why are we Moorish Americans?
A: We are descendants of Moroccans, born in America

Q: Who were the Moroccans?
A: In a restrictive sense, Moroccan refers to the Nationals of Morocco, and their immediate descendants. However, Moroccans, in this context, refers to that conglomeration (a widely diversified group.) of African tribes inhabiting the North Western and South Western shores of Africa; beginning with Moabites, Canaanites,
Hittites, and Amorites, who sojourned(a temporary stay) from the land of Canaan and extending to modern nationalities, like the Ibo, Yoruba, Ashanti, Fulani, Mandingo and Hausa.

Q: What does Moorish mean?
A: Moorish means to be like the Moors, the dark hued aboriginals of Africa. (One of the Arab and Berber conquerors of Spain; from the Latin word- Maurus: inhabitants of Mauritania- a member of any several Muslims of the Southern Philippines; any of the Austronesian Languages of the Moor Peoples). MOOR means dark hue; ISH means to be like.

Q: Who were the Moors or Moorish, in terms of civilization?
A: History informs us that they were the dark hued aboriginals of Africa, who founded the first civilization on earth. It was they who charted the stars, created the science of Astronomy (the study of objects and matter outside the earth's atmosphere and of their physical and chemical properties) and the science of Human Enlightenment and Advancement (Psychology).

Q: What is the "Institution of Slavery", as it lends itself to the definition of MOORISH SCIENCE?
A: INSTITUTION OF SLAVERY, in this context, refers to that period in American history, between 1779-1865, when the descendants of Africa were brought to America, and held in physical bondage. "INFLUENCES OF..." refers to the Psychological effects of the Institution(a significant practice, relationship, or organization in a society or culture) of slavery, as far back as the "Seasoning Process", and as recent as our modern dependency. Also refers to the

A: To name ALL of the things that are a direct result of the institution of slavery would be a document in itself. However, the marks of NEGRO, COLORED FOLK, BLACK PEOPLE, and ETHIOPIAN, which were imposed upon the slaves, along with the social, political, educational, and economic dependencies, are the most outstanding psychological effects of self hatred and spiritual unconsciousness are the Legacies of Slavery.

In the origins and developments of these degrading words, as they have been applied to the slaves, are the terrible seeds of racism and hatred, that permeated(to spread or penetrate something) this western culture and society of which the spores(production) of violence and brutality formed a perpetual(continuing forever)
system of inequality and poverty. The names(negro, colored folk, black people, and Ethiopian) that were given to slaves robbed their descendants of an extended history; a glorious history that went far beyond the western institution of slavery.

With the application, usage, and acceptance of these names, physical slavery gave birth to mental slavery-a complete reliance upon others, in the area of economics, education, politics, and social welfare.

Q: Name one of the effects of slavery?
A: Since these degrading terms had their origins and developments in slavery and hatred, they had the psychological "turn-in" effect, upon the bearers of these "indices"(index: a device that leads one to a particular fact or conclusion) to the slave-master's mentality. Thus, the hatred and hostility that the earlier slaves felt for the slave-master, became a sort of intro-aggression, into the system of slaves themselves. Instead of destroying the thing that belonged to
the slave master, the mental slaves destroyed themselves.

Q: How does the Moorish Science Temple hope to remove the influences of slavery?
A: The Moorish Science Temple is accomplishing this by teaching the descendants of slaves who they are, in terms of their relationship with their Creator, and how to organize this knowledge, is that they may take their rightful place in the affairs of Man.

Q: How did the Prophet begin to uplift the Moorish Americans?
A: By teaching them to be themselves, their culture, history, and tradition.

Understand that the word "Moor" means dark hued people of Africa, the founders of Civilization, it should be clear that to me, "Moorish" is to be "like the Moor".

Being like the Moor is to recognize and accept the genetic (relating to or determined by the origin, or development of something) and intellectual traits of our progenitor(an Ancestor in the direct line: forefather), as a part and a parcel of our Heritage.

No instruction or body of knowledge can exist without a tradition, or a history, to give it richness and reliability.

Therefore, to teach a people their nationality is to teach them certain aspects of their history. Thus, to teach their divine creed is to teach them the possibilities of Man.

Q: What are some of the cultural particularities of the Moorish American Moslem(Muslim)?
A: Names-

1.EL: signifies creative abilities. It connects us with Moab, who came to Africa to Asia(the Land of Moab), and received permission from the Pharaoh of Egypt to inhabit the North Western and South Western shores of Africa.
2.BEY: signifies governing abilities. It connects us with the Moroccan Empire, which was founded in Africa, by the descendants of Moab.
3. El and Bey reconnects us to our History, our culture, our customs, and our traditions. Giving us back our spiritual and our national life.

Dress- The Moorish Fez:
1) National Headdress of the male Moorish Moslem(Muslim).
2)The Moorish Crown: Symbol of submission and obedience to ALLAH and membership in the Moorish Science Temple.
3)The Moorish Turban: Symbol of submission and humility to ALLAH.

Customs and Rituals- Manner of prayer: opening and closing our religious services and meetings, and the manner in which we greet each other.

The term "Nationality" refers to the social-political organization of a particular group of people. It also refers to a people linked by common descent, from a common ancestor, and sharing a common history, language, and religion. In most cases, a geographical location is identified as a source of origin for a nationality group.
However, the Moorish concept of nationality differs from the standard definition, in that it is not based on specific geographical locations, in the classical sense, as the source of our national descent. Rather than a specific location, our national descent name, "Moorish", embraces our people, no matter where their national source of origin is in the world.

Birthrights of the Moorish Americans
Although, it may be argued that we have certain basic organizational rights associated with our membership in the Moorish Science Temple of America, Inc., and certain National rights as citizens of a free national government, the birthrights referred to on our nationality cards are divine and/or spiritual rights that are granted to all Men
by the Creator of the Universe. To be the Lord of all planes of existence; to reach spiritual unfoldment (expansion: blossom), and to be a Moslem(Muslim): one who submits to the will of ALLAH. It should be noted that these birthrights are not limited to the Moorish Americans. According to the revelation of God, every man achieves spiritual unfoldment. Therefore, our Nationality card is the key to the door of an organization, designed to teach us how to obtain our birthright. (Refer to the Holy Koran of the Moorish Science Temple of America(Circle Seven): Chpt. 7:31, chpt. 10:22-25, chpt. 11:38, Chpt. 17:40-41, chpt. 35:21-29, and Chapter 1. Also,
the Great Koran of Mohammed, surah 2:45-46, 7:31.

We Honor All Divine Prophets
As Moslems(Muslims), we are required by the Word of Allah to honor all Prophets sent by Allah. (Refer to Great Koran of Mohammed, surah 2:136, 177, 285).
"I declare that you are a Moslem, according to the Holy Koran of Mecca: Love, Truth, Peace, Freedom, and Justice."
The Holy Koran of Mecca is the revealed Word of God Allah. It is here that the religion of Islam(Peace) is perfected. It is also the book that sets the guidelines for being a Moslem(Muslim). It is the criterion(A standard on which a judgment of decision may be based). (Refer to Great Koran of Mohammed, Surah 30:30, 5:3)

This is a declaration of citizenship, in conjunction with our corporate mandate, which states:..."to teach our members how to be better citizens..." In other words, the Prophet is pointing out, to us and the rest of the world, that we are citizens of the U.S.A.

Q: What are we referring to when we say, "we are descendants of Moroccans and born in America"?
A: We are speaking of that conglomeration of African tribes, inhabiting the Northwestern and Southwestern shores of Africa; beginning with the Moabites, Canaanites, Hittites, and Amorites, who sojourned from the land of Canaan(Refer to Holy Koran of the Moorish Science Temple of America(Circle Seven) 47:6.

What's Behind Our Name
John Doe - El or Bey... Moorish - American Moslem
(1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8)

(1) Given Name: The Name given to you by your parents.

(2) Family Name/Property Name: The name of your family, or in the case of the descendants of slaves, the family of the slaveholder, which owned our forefathers.

(3) Hyphen(a punctuation mark used to divide or to compound words, word elements, or numbers): Used here to connect our family name/property name to the El and Bey, given to us by our Spiritual Father, Prophet Noble Drew Ali; showing that we have been resurrected (to raise from the dead) from influences of the institution of slavery (mental slavery), and brought into the true light of freedom.

(4) El and Bey: Represents the keys to our birthrights, and are our true family names. These names reconnect us to our history, our culture, our customs, and our traditions; giving us back our
spiritual and our national life.

(5) Moorish: Is an adjective, which means to be like the Moors; it is a generic term, which identifies our people no matter where they are found in the world. Referring to the aboriginals of Africa and their descendants. Moorish is our National descent name.

(6) Hyphen: same as #3

(7) American: This is our National(free National) name. It connects us with the free national constitution of the free national government of the United States of America. Prophet Noble Drew Ali declared that the citizens of a free national government bear one free national name. America is a free national government; therefore, all of its citizens bear the name American.

(8) Moslem: Universal term that signifies oneness with God Allah.

Crescent and Star: is the Universal symbol of Islam, representing man's national religion.

Hand Press of Unity: The Hand Press of Unity represents the Uniting of Asia; the coming together of the East and West (Oriental [Eastern] and Occidental [Western] Asiatics).

The Broken Circle
The Circle is a symbol of Perfect creation and the Seven is the number of Perfected man. However, the Broken Circle/Seven is a reminder that perfection cannot be reached until man has conquered the vices and foes of this material world. (refer to Great Koran of Mohammed, Surah 7:17, and Chapter One of the Circle Seven)

This Lesson has been prepared by
Brother R. Edwards El, A.G.S.,
Branch Temple #13(Detroit, MI)

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